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Colorists in mass media
Just got my Apr issue of _Video Magazine_ with an article "Copy Right: How
films are transferred to video." Writer Chris Chiarella chronicles the
transfer of _Fargo_ by John Dowdell at The Tape House, New York City.
"Today the challenges are many: you lose resolution when film grain becomes
video lines. The color capabilities of film and video are vastly different;
film has a dynamic-range ratio of 175:1, while video's ratio is only 60:1...
In sum, the transfer process is a path with many branches, and it's the
telecine colorist - often with input from the film's director of photography
(DP) - who decides which branch to take."
It's good to see our profession in the popular media. Someday we may have
fewer awkward moments trying to explain what it is we do at those social
engagements. Just as a footnote: _Widescreen Review_ has been running a
series of interesting articles on the job of the colorist entitled "Mixing
Oil and Water: An Inside Look at the Film-To-Tape Mastering Process."
Unfortunately, as much as I like _Widescreen Review_, it's not quite as
mainstream as _Video Magazine_, is it?